25 April 2012

Old Maps Online

As genealogists, we love maps!  They are such helpful tools for our research and sometimes just fun to look at!

The OldMapsOnline Portal is an easy-to-use gateway to historical maps in libraries around the world.

It allows the user to search for online digital historical maps across numerous different collections via a geographical search. Search by typing a place-name or by clicking in the map window, and narrow by date. The search results provide a direct link to the map image on the website of the host institution.

Basically you can move the “base map” around to select “where” in the world you are interested in.  You can zoom in as needed and also select a time period range.  On the right, you will then see the search results and you can click on any map to learn more about it (e.g. it’s source) and then you can click on “view this map” to go to it directly.  I found a lot of maps from the David Rumsey Map Collection listed which is an excellent resource for maps!

About.com has a nice article about this site.

Any particular maps really catch your attention?

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